For serious amateur photographers, some shocking news was announced today. Konica Minolta have decided, after 103 years to quit the photography business. You can read al about it here. Personally I’m stunned having just purchased a Konica Minolta Dynax 5D SLR! Its the most fantastic camera I have ever used.
I was a bit concerned when the merger was announced between Konica and Minolta in 2004, because I could see Konica must be struggling as they manufacture photographic film and paper. I wonder if this has pulled both companies down. The are not closing down completely, just concentrating on other aspects of their business, medical imaging and photocopying etc. They are transferring some of their digital SLR assets to Sony who are bring out a new range of cameras in the summer using the Minolta mount lenses – so hopefuly, Minolta lenses are still going to be made. They say in their announcement,
“…In this relation, we have decided to withdraw from camera business (except for digital SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses produced for Sony.), such as film cameras and digital cameras, within Konica Minolta Group as of March 31, 2006. …”
I wonder if reading this again, they are going to stop making all film cameras and all digital cameras but will carry on making Konica Minolta digital SLR cameras which Sony will market under their name. I hope this is a correct reading of the announcement, as I feel very sad that one of the most technically advanced cameras on the market should just be dumped.